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requests the pleasure of your company at the

Sixty-Seventh Annual Awards Banquet


2017 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year

Gary Ambrose
Gary Ambrose

Citation of Merit Honorees

Barbara Lippa
Barbara Lippa

Chet McLaren
Chet McLaren

Richard Raines
Richard Raines

Special Gratitude Award Honoree

Earl Flanigan
Earl Flanigan

Sunday, the Fifteen of April, 2018

at the

Waterford Reception Center

6715 Commerce St, Springfield, Virginia

Cocktails 5:30 p.m.

Program 6:30 p.m.

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Gary Ambrose

Gary Ambrose,
the 2017 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gary retired from the Air Force in 2000 as a brigadier general and a command pilot following 27 years of service. In 2011, he retired from IBM after 11 years as Big Blue's Vice President for the Department of Defense. Now in the "giving something back" phase of life, he devotes much of his time to advocacy on behalf of people living with mental illness, intellectual disability, and/or substance use disorders.

He's a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Concerned Fairfax, a grassroots mental health advocacy group. Gary was an active member of the Mental Health Subcommittee of the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Fairfax County Veterans Treatment Docket.

Since 2013, he has been a member of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's board of directors, and served as the board chairman from 2015 to 2017. He is also the Chairman of Fairfax County's Diversion First Stakeholders Group.

In 2016, he was recognized by the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards with the award of the Senator Joseph V. Gartlan, Jr. Award for leadership and advocacy. Presented to one Virginian annually, the award recognizes the recipient's "dedication, commitment and service on behalf of Virginians with mental illness, intellectual disability and/or substance use disorders".

For his many and diverse volunteer efforts behalf of people living with mental illness, intellectual disability, and/or substance use disorders, the Fairfax Federation is honored to recognize Gary Ambrose as Citizen of the Year.

Barbara Lippa

Citation of Merit Recipient Barbara Lippa

Barbara Lippa has had a long history of service to Fairfax County since moving from New York in the mid-seventies. She served on the Business Curriculum Advisory Curriculum Committee at Northern Virginia Community College from 1994 to 2010 and a Project Opportunity Board member from 1997-2002. She was also active as a Corporate Volunteer Committee member for Celebrate Fairfax from 1996 - 2006.

Following a 35-year career with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, including the last 14 years as Executive Director, Barbara has focused her retirement activities since 2013 primarily on women's empowerment activities.

Since 2013 Barbara has served as the Sully District representative on the County Commission for Women and is Vice Chairman. She played a primary role in the Commission's focus on human trafficking, including a community program jointly sponsored with the Arlington, Alexandria and City of Fairfax Commissions for Women.

Since 2016 Barbara has also served as treasurer for the National Association of Commission for Women (NACW) and a member of its Executive Board since 2014.

A member of Zontaa International, which strives to advance the status of women through service and advocacy since 1984, Barbara has served in many leadership roles at the local, District and International levels. These include District Governor and Club President, along with many other positions. Barbara was honored to be named the Fairfax Interservice Club's Volunteer of the Year for the Fairfax Club in 1998 and 2012. Since 2016, she has also served as Zonta's representative at the Fairfax Interservice Club.

More recently, Barbara was appointed to the Community Council on Land Use Engagement by County Chairman Sharon Bulova which made it recommendations in June 2017.

For her many and diverse volunteer efforts in support of women's empowerment activities, the Fairfax Federation is honored to recognize Barbara Lippa with a Citation of Merit.

Chet McLaren

Citation of Merit Recipient Chet McLaren

Chairman Bulova, under the auspices of the Fairfax Federation of Citizen of the year process, nominated Chet McLaren in recognition of his decades of service to Fairfax County and her residents. Not only has Chet served on the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Trails and Sidewalk Committee, the Environmental Quality Advisory Commission, and the Tree Commission, he has also participated in countless meetings in the Braddock District Office. His calm and focused demeanor during discussions (both contentious and calm) pertaining to the environment, land use, the budget, etc., over the years has made the Braddock District and the County as a whole a better place.

Chet has served as President, North Springfield Elementary School PTA, President, Annandale High School PTA, President, Annandale High School Band Boosters, President, North Springfield Swim Club and Coach, North Springfield Little League. He has also served on the Board of Directors otn_f the North Springfield Civic Association nearly every year since 1965.

Chet has served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 694, Grace Presbyterian Church, Chairman, Camping Committee and Director of Scouting Activities, Mount Vernon district BSA as well as Elder, Grace Presbyterian Church.

In addition to serving on official volunteer boards, commissions and committees through the County, Chet has also volunteered immeasurable hours to his North Springfield community and its nearby schools and parks. In fact, Chet organized the creation of the Friends of Lake Accotink Park, a group of volunteers whose efforts benefit the Park. He further served as the emcee during the Braddock Nights concert series at Lake Accotink for many years. He recently retired from his last official County commission in 2017, and plans to devote his future efforts closer to home in his North Springfield community.

For his many and diverse volunteer efforts in the areas of environment, land use, the budget, the Fairfax Federation is honored to recognize Chet McLaren with a Citation of Merit.

Richard Raines

Citation of Merit Recipient Richard Raines

Richard Raines has been a Reserve Deputy with the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office since Oct, 2003, volunteering over 23,500 hours. Initially, assigned to review and update all the Sheriff's Office emergency plans and standard operating procedures, he assisted in the submission of applications for federal grants for the enhancement of security of the Fairfax County judicial center. These projects provided much needed enhancements to the facilities. He and his partner, formulated a plan for and conducted a full scale exercise for the emergency evacuation of the Fairfax County Confinement facility. This plan became the basis for the National Sheriff's Associations class for the emergency evacuation of jails. The American Jail Association named him the association's volunteer of the year in 2005. He has taught classes on emergency response and jail evacuation at the local, state and national levels.

During the period 2006 - 2009, he supported an ATF Task force who was responsible for the apprehension and conviction of numerous individual for illegal firearms and drug transactions and transportation and sale of other illegal items.

He has also been responsible for the monitoring of the inmate calling system and responding to requests for evidence collection. He also is responsible for the processing of applications for new and renewal of ATF Class 3 and dealer's licenses.

Since 2010, he has been assigned to the Internal Affairs Sections where he supports that section's activities.

On March 25, 2014, The Fairfax County Board designated that day, Richard Raines Day in recognition of his service to the county. Mr. Raines is a retired Marine with over 34 years of service.

For his many and diverse volunteer efforts in the enhancement of security of the Fairfax County judicial center, the Fairfax Federation is honored to recognize Richard Raines with a Citation of Merit.

Earl Flanigan

Special Gratitude Award Recipient Earl Flanigan

Earl Flanigan has been active in public service for decades and particularly with land use and community activities in the Mount Vernon District, and countywide with the Fairfax County Planning Commission. He has been recognized previously for his civic achievements, and it is appropriate that he should be recognized countywide for his service, on the occasion of his retirement from the Planning Commission.

Here are some of the positions and recognitions in which Earl has served or received:

  • Mount Vernon District member, Fairfax County Planning Commission, 2006-2018. [Earl will be retiring effective April 1, 2018].
  • Mount Vernon District member, Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission
  • Committee member, Policy & Procedures, Land Use Process, Housing, Parks and Telecommunications committees.
  • Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner, 2007.
  • President, Riverside Estates Civic Association President, Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations; also chairman of its Transportation Committee
  • Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations, Board Director
  • Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation
  • Member, Woodrow Wilson Bridge stakeholder panel
  • Task force member, Richmond Highway Revitalization study
  • District of Columbia Prison replanning
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Earl L. Flanagan Day honoree, December 28, 1997
  • Mount Vernon District Lord Fairfax, 1999
  • Mount Vernon District Citizen of the Year, 2000

In addition, Earl was a artillery non-commissioned officer with General Patton's 3rd Army in Europe during the Second World War. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for an advance landing of the 71st Division at Le Havre, France. After combat, he served in the military government of Germany, attended the Nuremberg War Crimes trials, and toured Europe as a member of the SHAEF GI Symphony Orchestra. He was commissioned as an Air Force officer during the Korean War, serving as a psychological warfare officer and an airbase commandant. He currently serves as the President of the 71st Infantry Division Association.

On May 4, 1945, the 71st Division of the 3rd Army liberated Gunskirchen Lager, a German concentration camp north of Lambach, Austria. Earl was one of the American soldiers involved in that operation, and has spoken to audiences across the country about his experience, and been interviewed for a documentary film about that historic event.

For his many and diverse efforts land use and community activities in the Mount Vernon District, and countywide with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, the Fairfax Federation is honored to recognize Earl Flanigan with a Special Gratitude Award.

The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations, established in 1940, is the countywide voice for homeowner, civic, and community associations. An all-volunteer organization, The Federation works on issues that impact Fairfax County residents, including education, transportation, the environment, human services, land use, the county budget, and state and federal legislative issues.

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